Ramadan Around the World #4: Tenacious and Tender, Tawakkul of A Woman

by Uns Khatib

This Ramadan we share with you a bird’s eye view of personal Muslim stories from across the globe. 

A UK-based Muslimah of Palestinian origin shares her struggles with fitting in, training as a gym instructor, making choices as a woman, and her undying faith in Allah.


 

Muslim Woman, hijab, ramadan around the world, muslimah, smiling muslim woman

Tawakkul. Trust in Allah.

When you put your full trust in Allah, nothing bothers you. Every bad thing said about you, every hurtful action towards you, you will just brush it off. Because of your trust in Allah.

You know, Allah is just and merciful and everyone will get what they deserve. But, you should also remember that Allah is most forgiving, and if you forgive, your reward lies with Allah. 

وَجَزَٰٓؤُا۟ سَيِّئَةٍ سَيِّئَةٌ مِّثْلُهَا ۖ فَمَنْ عَفَا وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَجْرُهُۥ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ

“The reward of the evil is the evil thereof, but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon God.” 

[Surah Ash-Shuraa 42:40]

alhamdullilah, thank you, Allah,

The first lockdown was life-changing. That episode of my life consisted of me making a change and to do this, I had to re-think the company I keep. I had to let go of things which are not in my control and naysayers who restricted me from reaching my potential. I focused on reconnecting with my Lord.

As women, we are often told to stay at home and avoid heavy weight lifting exercises because it makes us bulky. Supposedly, by doing so we cause more harm than good to ourselves. It deteriorates our physical and mental being. It is sunnah to take care of our physical being as our bodies have a right on us.

I was forcing friendships I never felt comfortable with. This affected my deen and had a massive impact on my mental health. If you are ever with people whom you do not relate to, leave.

For me, showing mercy to myself and my body was done through training and breaking stereotypes. It helped me physically and mentally; something which I could not imagine before. Even on days when I did not not feel like moving, I fit in a quick workout.

Be merciful towards yourself and do what is right for you. Renew your intentions, knowing that you are moving for the sake of Allah. The best advice I have ever received is that consistency is the key to change.

 

Be consistent in your prayers, your fasting, your seeking of knowledge and watch how your life becomes fruitful. Developing habits creates discipline and routine, and this will help you stay firm at your lowest times. 

Ramadan helps me change the way I think. I become a lot more self-dependent as it strengthens my relationship with Allah. I start understanding my situation, look at life from a positive perspective and focus on my akhirah.

By the end of Ramadan, I feel like I have gained control over my wants and desires. My connection with Allah becomes stronger. My heart feels at ease and a feeling of tranquility overcomes everything I do. When I say farewell to this beloved month, Eid is a reward to mark the end of Ramadan.

palestine, golden mosque, masjid Al-aqsa

I’ve rarely spent Ramadan in Palestine; however, this blessed month is just as special and rewarding anywhere in the world. My favourite part about Ramadan in the United Kingdom is the sense of community. It is a time when Muslims collectively make an effort to practise their deen and do more good. My days during Ramadan are spent preparing for iftar with family and friends. 

My favourite thing about Eid is the sense of oneness, with Allah and the collective ummah. It’s a day when Muslims forget their differences and join together to celebrate. The mosques are packed for the Eid prayer. Gatherings at multiple houses and the streets are filled with joy. The whole ummah joins to collectively celebrate one big achievement we have all gone through together. Eid for me consists of calling my family back in Palestine and meeting up with friends to celebrate. 

Being firm in your faith strengthens you in ways you could never comprehend. The power we hold when we have Allah on our side is limitless. Eventually, every challenge is surmountable. You feel safe and protected with Allah. During the first lockdown in the UK, the only thing that got me through was seeking refuge in Allah. I believed with all my heart that the difficulty I was facing would pass and that Allah’s plan was greater than mine. There is wisdom behind everything even if we cannot see it. Seeking refuge in Allah gives you strength. 

Curated by: Muslim Pro

About the Writer:
Uns Khatib is a Palestinian living in the United Kingdom. Currently, she is a social media influencer and full-time student. She aims to break the stereotype of hijabi women through her passion in fitness by showing the world that hijab does not limit a Muslimah from reaching her full potential.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

(Un)Masking Our True Selves And Intentions

(Un)Masking Our True Selves And Intentions

We have come to accept masking as an ubiquitous part of life since the turbulent waves of Covid-19 crashed dramatically into our lives more than two years ago. Generally, the global Muslim community has come to implement it as part of our daily jihad in the fight...

read more
Motherhood: The Job That Never Pays

Motherhood: The Job That Never Pays

Once you hop on this train, there is no looking back. This isn't a transactional job. It is not even a full-time job. It is way more than that. It is a role that pushes you forward. From strength to strength. Regardless of your situation or circumstances. Whether you...

read more

12 Comments

  1. Nafisa Binte Shafique

    What an inspiring journey. May Allah Subhana’tala’a bless you with more strength and power. Ameen

    Reply
    • Najeebuddin

      Ameen sum ameen

      Reply
    • Ali

      MashaAllah, sister ‏حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل. Very powerful recite much!!!

      Ma salaama

      Reply
      • Yasmeen

        Mashallah

        Reply
  2. A

    Wow so inspirational!!!

    Reply
  3. هند

    Nice & very unspirational :>

    Reply
  4. Muktar Ali Ahmed

    Interesting!!!
    Jazakallah khair for sharing

    Reply
    • Arifat Dauda

      Marsha Allah, this is beautiful. Allah Rahma always with you sis.

      Reply
  5. Assan mane

    je suis musulman

    Reply
  6. Mojoyin

    Mashallah sister, you inspire me to always be truth to yourself and trust Allah in all situations. May Allah reward you for sharing your story.

    Reply
    • Sakina Husain

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspirational piece. Tawakkul in the smallest of things and how a big challenge can seem undaunting. I absolutely loved the photo taken within the prayer area as well. Its beautiful!

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.